Where: Wellington, Shropshire
What is it?
‘Powerful women’ will be the theme for this year’s free Wellington Literary Festival which takes place at a range of venues across the Shropshire market town from Saturday 28th September until Saturday 19th October.
One of the largest free literary festivals in the UK, the 17th annual event features a line-up of local and national authors, poets and guest performers plus creative workshops and competitions. A highlight will be an evening with celebrity writer Germaine Greer on Saturday 28th September. Greer is known for her controversial best seller The Female Eunuch, and will launch the festival celebration of influential female writers.
The bi-centenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will also be marked with three café discussion groups and the centenary of Telford’s most popular author, Ellis Peters, will be highlighted at a presentation by Martin Edwards. The male contribution to the arts will not be forgotten with Antony Penrose talking about the artist Picasso, and there will be an art competition and display based on his inspiration. Back by popular demand, an evening with the very popular poet and entertainer Ian McMillan will undoubtedly be a lively family event and there will also be a chance to meet local authors and buy their books in Wellington Library.